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Best restaurants for holiday dessert to go

Nevin Martell  |  Updated 11/13/2012

Hosting for Thanksgiving is a balancing act. You have to get the house in order, make sure that everyone's special diet is accommodated, remain gracious and pull off a picture-perfect feast. Spare yourself the extra anxiety by picking up dessert from one of these Washington-area bakeries or restaurants, listed in alphabetical order. Consider them your sweet reward.

 

Buzz Bakery

Alexandria, VA

Pastry chef Tiffany MacIsaac and her team are baking double-crust apple pie ($32), pumpkin pie with cinnamon whipped cream ($28), sweet potato pie topped with cranberry jam and ginger whipped cream ($28) and chocolate-bourbon pecan pie with chocolate whipped cream ($30). Pints of house-made ice cream, including cinnamon, pumpkin pie and ginger ($6.50 each), are available. Place orders by phone with three days' notice, then pick up at a scheduled time at either bakery Nov. 19-21.

 

Community Canteen

Reston, VA

Classics such as pecan pie, pumpkin pie and apple pie are available at this Reston favorite, as well an indulgent bourbon pumpkin cheesecake with a graham cracker crust (all $24.95). Place phone orders by Nov. 19 at 9 p.m., and pick up next door at Mon Ami Gabi no later than 10 p.m. on Nov. 21.

 

Osteria Elisir

Washington, DC

This modernist Italian eatery is making a pair of Pilgrim-worthy pies: sweet potato ($22) and pecan ($26). Pints of house-made caramel, vanilla and chocolate sauce ($9 each) are available. Place orders by phone and pick up at least 24 hours later at the restaurant during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 5:30-11 p.m.).

 

Jackie's

Silver Spring, MD

Pastry chef Carolyn Crow's attitude this year is, don't mess with the classics. She's offering a pumpkin pie ($15) and chocolate pecan pie ($20). Place orders by phone by Nov. 16 and pick up at the restaurant on Nov. 21 from 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.

 

Northside Social

Arlington, VA

For a Guatemalan accent, try the signature tres leches cake (eight-inch, $20; full sheet, $120). Place orders at the bakery or by phone by Nov. 18 and pick up during regular business hours (7 a.m.-8 p.m.) with three days' notice required for large cake orders. Delivery available.

 

Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market and Cafe

Washington, DC

Start a tradition by ordering icy treats modeled on Mexican paletas. Seasonally appropriate pop flavors include pumpkin pie, carrot-apple-ginger, honey-apricot and Honeycrisp apple ($2.50 each). Available during regular business hours ( Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.).

 

Praline Bakery & Restaurant

Bethesda, MD

It's all about the pumpkin: pumpkin macarons ($1.45 each), cinnamon-glazed pumpkin pound cake (six-inch, $13), pumpkin pie topped with whipped cream and a pumpkin macaron (nine-inch, $24) and pumpkin cheesecake (seven-inch, $28). There are non-squash options: chocolate cream pie (nine-inch, $23) and a rustic Granny Smith apple tart (seven-inch, $25). Place orders by phone or at the bakery with 24 hours' notice, and pick up during regular business hours (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.)

 

Red Truck Bakery and Market

Warrenton, VA

These pies are worth the drive: caramel-pumpkin, mincemeat crowned with bourbon-smoked sugar and sweet potato-pecan-bourbon (all 10-inch, $24 each). The nine-inch maple-glazed apple Bundt cake spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger ($14) is equally worthy of a road trip. Place orders at the bakery or by phone by Nov. 17, and pick up on Nov. 21, 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m. (earlier pickups can be arranged).

 

Ridgewells

Bethesda, MD

Gourmet catering in style: turkey-shaped sugar cookies dipped in chocolate ($3.60 each), butterscotch pudding cups topped with black pepper cream and a molasses snap ($2.05 each) and individual pumpkin mousses with cranberry compote and meringue ($2.50 each). Place orders by phone until 2 p.m. Nov. 19 and pick up Nov. 21, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Minimum of 10 servings on all orders. Delivery available.

 

Sprinkles Cupcakes

Washington, DC

What's more all-American than cupcakes? Orange-cranberry, pumpkin, red velvet and dark chocolate cupcakes are decorated with turkey and maple leaf cutouts ($3.50 each, $39 per dozen). Place orders by phone, at the bakery or online and pick up through Nov. 21, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Delivery available, one dozen minimum.

 

The Sweet Lobby

Washington, DC

A colorful array of autumnally appropriate macarons is available at this Barracks Row bakery: sweet potato-pecan, cranberry-walnut, black sesame-pumpkin and fig-balsamic ($1.60 each). Pumpkin spice, caramel apple and sweet potato-marshmallow cupcakes are also on hand ($2.79 each). Place orders by phone or in person by Nov. 16 and pick up through Nov. 21 during regular business hours (Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.). Delivery available.

 

Tiffany's Bakery

Clinton, MD

Pies and cakes in a rainbow of colors are available at this well-loved Clinton bakery. Our picks are the Southern sweet potato pie with coconut-pecan crumb topping ($13.50), lemon meringue ($13.50) and straight-up pumpkin ($11). Place orders by phone by Nov. 21, in person or online with at least two days' notice, and pick up on Nov. 21 during regular business hours (10 a.m.-6 p.m.).

 

Touche Touchet Bakery and Pastry Shoppe

Columbia, MD

An impressive selection of baked delights is available here, including pumpkin cheesecake with a gingersnap crust ($56), lemon or lime curd pie topped with whipped cream or meringue ($21), maple-sweetened pecan ($30) and crumb-crested fruit pies such as blueberry ($25), strawberry ($20) or peach ($19). Place orders by phone or at the bakery through Nov. 14, with seven days' notice required and schedule a pick up during regular business hours (Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.).

 

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